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Sex, Intimacy & Empire

This week we will consider the role of intimacy, and its intersections with ideas of 'race', in the consolidation of empire.

Seminar Questions

1. What is the study of 'intimacy' and what role does in play in colonial rule?

2. What are the potential benefits and pitfalls to this approach?

3. How does the study of intimacy deepen or hinder understandings of 'race' in the making of empire?

Seminar Readings

Ghosh, Durba, Sex and the Family in Colonial India: The Making of Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2006), pp. 1-68.

Stoler, Ann Laura, Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule (University of California Press, 2002), chapter one and chapter three.